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We debated whether to do Orange Sangria for the newsletter this week, or Canteloupe Fruit Salad. Sangria won, however if you are looking for a good Summer canteloupe recipe, this cannot be beat. (Canteloupe Fruit Salad recipe)
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This is a nice alternative to red or white sangria. For this recipe, I personally buy a big 1.5 liter bottle of St. Genevieve Red Wine, which is widely available if you live in Texas, and quite inexpensive. Otherwise any dry red wine will do. The orange juice and the sugar make this sangria flavorful and sweet, but not overpowering.
- 1 medium orange
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
- 1 bottle of dry red wine
- 1/2 cup Cointreau or Paula's Texas Orange liqueur
- Cut the orange in half. With a vegetable peeler, cut off the thin outer peel of one of the orange halves, avoiding the white layer beneath it. Slice the other half of the orange; use for garnish.
- In a bowl, using a spoon, mash the sugar into the orange peel so the sugar absorbs the oils. Stir in the orange juice, wine and Cointreau. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.
- Remove the orange peel with a slotted spoon or strainer. Chill well. Serve sangria in a pitcher, garnished with reserved orange slices. Add ice cubes to individual servings, if desired.
- Makes 6 one-cup servings.
The serving dishes in our photograph are Fiesta dinnerware.
More sangria recipes to try: Sangria Fonda San Miguel (from Austin's Fonda San Miguel), and White Sangria.
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- BBQ Bros visits Dallas and eats at Pecan Lodge.
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by Paula Forbes
Great Austin-style recipes here!
- BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts
by Stella Parks - "connects the dots between your childhood treats and digs into the storied pasts of American favorites, such as cream pies, vanilla wafers, peanut brittle and even Reese's Peanut Butter Cups." - Addie Broyles / Austin American-Statesman
- What's a Zucchini? And Other Questions Americans Once Asked - The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
by Daniel Stone
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- Texas Parks & Wildlife: Explore Texas State Parks this Summer.
- What to do this weekend? Visit a Farmer's Market! COMPLETE LIST OF FARMERS MARKETS IN TEXAS
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